Throughout the entire series, Steed often looked at himself in a mirror,
even in those hilarious devices of "Too Many Christmas Trees."
But... if we did put him in front of that imaginary mirror that divides
the character's life from the man's, what image would reflect? How much
of Patrick Macnee would we see in John Steed? Or how much of John Steed
in Patrick Macnee?
Upon seeing an Avengers episode, you may well have said sometime: "How
can Emma do this or that so well?" Or maybe: "What a bogus
scene! Certainly Emma is not cut out to do this." That's because
Emma and Diana are not the same person. I mean, yes they are, but...
they are not. Are you lost? Well, for better understanding of all this,
here's a detailed analysis of Emma and Diana's similarities and differences.
Introduction: What do you think? Are
Diana Rigg and Emma Peel two of a kind or not? Or do they resemble each
other in some aspects and differ completely in some others? In this
first section you'll find a general description of the character of
Emma Peel, her intriguing relationship with John Steed, and how she
impacted on the culture of the 60s.
Coincidences: Emma Peel - Diana Rigg
This second section analyzes the character-player likenesses, some of
them suggested by Diana Rigg herself, others imposed by the creators
of the series. Anyhow, between the accomplished Shakespearean actress
and the Queen of Sin, something more than "a simple coincidence"
Differences: Emma Peel - Diana Rigg
What were the reasons why Emma Peel and Diana Rigg could not be considered
as the same person? Perhaps the differences between them are the most
significant factor in the lives of both. In this section we'll discover
how Diana Rigg got rid of Emma Peel and then managed to achieve equally
satisfactory results, not only in her private life, but also among the
audience who still think of her as the most remembered "Avenger
Personal opinion An account of my short
way to Avengerland, and an explanation of why I am stranded in this
dreamland, in the company of the good looking Mr. Steed and the elegant
Mrs. Peel, plus a brief summary of the qualities that have left Diana
Rigg topping the list of my favorite personalities.